provides the first ever genealogy of this metaphor. It has a tremendous potential to open up new areas of inquiry that come from both the sciences and the arts. Given that this city is so written about, the High street is worn as much by the writing as by shoe leather, we wanted to capture that as well… But that wasn’t something people could do, unless we had a huge army and a lot of time. Synecdoche is a literary device that replaces the part for the whole. Read The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (Continuum Literary Studies) book Submissions will be acknowledged within seven days. There will be one winner, who will receive a cash prize of £250. Landow, George P. Hypertext 3.0: critical theory and new media in an Era of Globalization. Doug Johnstone is the author of six novels, most recently The Dead Beat which was published by Faber & Faber in May 2014. This was a radical departure from the idea of the earth as created in seven days some few thousand years ago. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entry if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions. They were also present at Doors Open Day, where they filled the Playfair library. We work on text mining, and on geolocating placenames in texts. In contrast, at the same period, there was a developing literature of industrial experience centred on the Clyde, as seen in the fiction of George Blake and the range of vernacular poetry which arose in the shipyards and factories of Glasgow. The mystic writing pad for Freud consists of a wax layer which lies beneath a sheet of wax paper, and a transparent celluloid sheet. Charles Darwin recorded one visit to the Crags in both human and geological time. Purpose: This metaphor creates a … The Angkor Wat is therefore an example of what archaeologists refer to as ‘cumulative palimpsests’. This blog and the, Runner-up of the British Library Labs Research Award, on the British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog, LitLong App launched as Palimpsest and LitLong feature in Edit, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/litlong-edinburgh/id1004433531?mt=8, http://litlong.org/navigating-with-litlong/download-our-app/, LitLong App now available to download from iTunes, Palimpsest Writing Competition – Entry Form, Letters of Henry Brevoort to Washington Irvin, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), University of Edinburgh English Literature Department, University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, University of St Andrews Human Computer Interaction Research, Readings by and discussion with Edinburgh authors featured in, Announcement of the Palimpsest writing competition winner, A casual wine reception, with an opportunity to play with the project resources, and chat with the Palimpsest team and featured authors. We conventionally describe our world as 4-dimensional. Palimpsest is an AHRC-funded project, which involves a collaboration between literary scholars, computer scientists working on text mining, and information visualisation scholars. 7 The chalked skinne for a palimpsestus, serving in stead of a table book. In cases where short-listed entrants are unable to attend the event, an extract of their entry will be read and they will be asked to submit a short written statement to be read out at the ceremony should they win. “Reinscribing De Quincey’s Palimpsest: The Significance of the Palimpsest in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies.” Textual Practice 19.3 (Fall Palimpsests also tend to have visual manifestations. P. 70 – 72. The LitLong:Edinburgh mobile app allows you to use your iOS device to explore Edinburgh’s literary past, and it is free to download and use. Click on any of the download links in this post, or search the App Store for “Litlong” and, once you have downloaded a copy to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad you can then use the app, as you move around Edinburgh, to discover how your location has been represented in literature. Amazon.in - Buy The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory (Continuum Literary Studies) book online at best prices in India on Amazon.in. And enjoy browsing literary Edinburgh…. Continuum, 2007 Dillon, Sarah. 532-35. Among them Daniel Defoe’s  ‘A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain’  gave us an image of the Netherbow, while Boswell’s account of his meeting with Samuel Johnson in the Black Bull Inn and their stroll up the mile together gave a visceral sense stench of the overcrowded slums, and Robert Fergusson’s Auld Reekie painted a picture of a ruined Holyrood House, once a great palace but then a squatters sanctuary: For O, waes me! “Time Perspectives, Palimpsests and the Archaeology of Time.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 26:2 (June 2007): 198-223, Barthes, Roland. Our  ‘virtual tour’ looked back through historic maps of the area, courtesy of the National Library of Scotland, and traced the ways in which the Canongate has developed from its foundation in the early 12th Century through to the 21st Century. Webpages are also loaded with hypertext or hyperlinks which ascribe a sense of multi-linearity, characteristic of the palimpsest, to our viewing experience. It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th Century in fact, long after the Netherbow gate had disappeared, that the two burghs were officially united. Photo credit: Chris Scott. But lo! This evening we are blogging live from the official launch of Lit Long:Edinburgh, an interactive resource of Edinburgh literature emerging from the Palimpsest project. And we had a reference to the “green mantle” mapping to a pub of the same name… But most of the data is accurate now. During last week’s British Library Labs Symposium, the BL Labs team led by Mahendra Mahey announced the results for the BL Labs Awards in different categories recognising digital humanities activities involving data from the British Library. Meanwhile, the Palimpsest Project and LitLong have recently been featured in the Edinburgh University alumni magazine, edit, with their article “Literature with Latitude“. In Domicile of ancient Kings, The carnival due to its propensity to plunge certainty into ambivalence relies on the mask, which enables fluid identities. Hutton’s account had its own poetry – ‘we find no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end’ – but his description of the Crags themselves is detached and factual: ‘These masses of whinstone are from three or four to an hundred feet thick, running parallel in planes inclined to the horizon’ (Theory of the Earth, vol.1, 1795). Here we have a book which resurrects the Edinburgh of a past in which Edinburgh did not represent itself. Welcome to The Augmented Palimpsest The Augmented Palimpsest is a project developed by Tamara F. O’Callaghan, Associate Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, and Andrea R. Harbin, Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York, Cortland, both medievalists working in the digital humanities. He wrote it down, and it was included with six other treatises by Archimedes … Scholars interested in emergent trans-geographical literary formations readily reach for Hamid’s work to illustrate their models: Paul Jay discusses Moth Smoke (2002) in his study of the transnational turn in literary scholarship (Jay 2010); Leerom Medovoi presents The Reluctant Fundamentalist as an exemplar of “world system literature” (645); Rebecca Walkovitz counts The … There is, she writes, “a wonderful reticence—it would perhaps sound ridiculous to term it delicacy in a mere street boy—about some of the Scotch lads” who strike her as more polite, more honourable and more intelligent than boys of other countries. Judges will not have entrants’ names during the reading and judging processes. And then around each location we extracted snippets and ranked them by text specific interestingness…. In the 20th century, as its inhabitants were moved out to social housing on the outskirts of Edinburgh, it became something of a backwater, a quiet and rather neglected area. The maps themselves tell interesting stories of how travellers and inhabitants experienced and thought of the city. The palimpsest is therefore presents a utopian possibility of eternal preservation. This year Palimpsest took part, bringing our wonderful Walter Scott back to life again and this time providing him with a charming companion in the form of Mrs Margaret Oliphant, one of Edinburgh’s most prolific and, in her day, most popular authors. With the arrival of the Parliament, however, and with active community centres like the Storytelling Centre drawing people and attention to the old town, a new phase in the area’s development is in full swing and it looks like the Canongate’s future will be as glorious as its past. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. I’m sorry I’m so late but as former Makar for Edinburgh I was at an event at City Chamber for an Edinburgh City of Literature event, marking 10 years of that initiative. Entries are restricted to one entry per person and all entries must be accompanied by an entry form including contact details. As Dillon notes, this idea, along with the coupling of the word with a definite article for the first time, transformed the palimpsest into a figurative entity, investing with metaphorical value that extended beyond its status as a palaeographic object. No longer museum-like, the library seemed to come to life again, restored to its original character. It's true, the first scream, whimper even, and I'll turn to jelly, I'll confess to any crime, I'll end] In her 1898 article ‘Small People of the Pavement’*** she describes the antics of the Edinburgh’s street children who, when they are not engaged in the rather alarming “species of tobogganing which they much affect on the steeper streets”, are to be found taking on odd jobs to earn a penny for Sunday School. When the American traveller Henry Brevoort arrived in March 1813,** for example, he quickly penned a letter to his friend Washington Irving relating the sights of the Scottish capital with its “promenades crowded with rival belles” and “old Thebans with hats quaintly cocked and renowned soap-boilers with greasy aprons.” Although home to these colourful metropolitans, the city that he described was also a place of culture, with the university’s influence on civic life apparent in its “shops and libraries stored with the treasures of the learned” and its “walks along streams consecrated to the muses by the melody of verse.” Indeed, for Brevoort, Edinburgh’s grandest figure was William Playfair, after whom the Playfair library is named: “Prof: Playfair is decidedly the luminary of Edinburgh;” Brevoort writes, “he is universally beloved & looked up to, & is not less distinguished for the simplicity of his manners than by his genius & profound knowledge.”, an interactive resource of Edinburgh literature emerging from the Palimpsest project. And we really wanted to scale that up. William Hazlitt wrote of them as the work of Nature the artist, operating at a scale beyond human capacity: ‘No imagination can toss and tumble about huge heaps of earth as the ocean in its fury can. **Letter from Henry Brevoort to Washington Irving March 1st 1813. Letters of Henry Brevoort to Washington Irving. You can download an entry form here: Palimpsest Writing Competition – Entry Form. Dillon develops Kristeva’s concept of intertextuality as an interpenetration of utterances or as a “mosaic” of texts by elaborating on her constructions of the pheno-text and the geno-text. She cites Christopher M. Johnson’s summary of Kristeva’s concepts: “The pheno-text is the surface phenomenon of a text present before us, whereas the geno-text is the operation which engenders the pheno-text, is the cause of its genesis.” These concepts provide an interesting analogue to the palimpsest as the layers of writing that were destroyed form the geno-text, and the most recent writing is the pheno-text. Edinburgh at the time of the Scottish Renaissance lay twelve miles to the east of Scotland, unassimilable into a broader narrative of Scottishness. So then I wrote my first book set in Edinburgh, which was called Hit and Run, which is all set in SouthSide and Newington and really not beyond that space…  And my next book was called Gone Again which was set in Portabello, where I was living. The patterns created over time by these multiple voices and personalities is precisely what we’re trying to reveal with Palimpsest, but perhaps there’s scope to take our historic reanimations further: tobogganing down Castle Hill anyone? We then needed to mine those data sets for works on Edinburgh, to find their relevance, to rank them using the Edinburgh Gazeteer and to pass them to the literature scholars to assess those choices. I would recommend you browse and explore yourself! The limitations of that extract was that we couldn’t get enough material into it… We couldn’t read enough books, we couldn’t get enough extracts in… And we had a fairly sparse experience, despite a lot of good work. The app shows you text extracts of books that mention place-names in Edinburgh. The church couldn’t stand it… As he was on his death bed, dying and knowing where he’d be going after death – nowhere – he had an endless stream of Scottish ministers bothering him, trying to convert him… So here “David Hume takes a walk on Arthurs Seat”. Aside from MacDiarmid’s estimation of the city as ‘a mad god’s dream’, the closest Edinburgh comes to appearing in the context of the Scottish modernist period is in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Chemical agents were used in the recycling process to erase the existing text; the new text was subsequently superimposed onto the clean sheet. In addition to the out of copyright works which we included in Lit Long: Edinburgh we were delighted that a number of wonderful contemporary authors who agreed for us to include their work, including those who are with us this evening. The LitLong:Edinburgh mobile app allows you to use your iOS device to explore Edinburgh’s literary past, and it is free to download and use. The copyright in each story submitted remains with the author and authors are free to submit stories for consideration elsewhere after the competition has concluded. All five of the shortlisted entries were publishable standard and I look forward to seeing them all in print… But the story I’m going to introduce is Candlemaker Row, by Jane Alexander. Furthermore, the constant slippages which are produced as the viewer navigates these hyperlinks resemble the ambivalence engendered by the palimpsest. The normally cavernous room was animated as the actors talked and strolled around: watching them promenade together and greet visitors, you got a sudden sense of what the library must have been like when it was in use, a grand social space in which countless people would not only consult books and study but also people-watch, make acquaintances and converse with friends. And we return for the readings from several Edinburgh authors… Three in our map and our five shortlisted authors. Sifting through nineteenth-century travel narratives and memoirs as part of the data curation for the project, we’ve come across lots of accounts that stress the distinctive character of the Edinburghers. My first thanks go to all the wonderful entrants to our competition, expecially our marvellous short listed stories. The transformational effects of postcolonialism, globalization, and the rise of ever more advanced information technologies helped to push space and spatiality into the foreground, as traditional spatial or geographic limits are erased or redrawn. family relationship with entrants. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be fiction and the entrant’s own original writing, and should not have appeared in print or appear on a website (including blogs and social networking sites) or have been broadcast, or be submitted for publication or consideration elsewhere, Entries must clearly address the brief, responding to historical or contemporary mappings of Edinburgh and/or to the city’s geography. When the celluloid sheet is written on, traces of the writing appear on the wax paper, but when the paper is detached from the wax layer, the traces disappear, leaving the writing pad blank. whare Debtors daily run, Kristeva, Julia. *, Scott and Oliphant in the Playfair Library. I also wanted to say, now that our winner has been announced, that the full story is now available to read on the Lit Long website. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. “Reinscribing De Quincey’s Palimpsest: The Significance of the Palimpsest in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Studies.” Textual Practice 19.3 (Fall 2005): 243-263. The city was not only inhabited by the learned and the fashionable, however. The nature of the palimpsest is two-fold; it preserves the distinctness of individual texts, while exposing the contamination of one by the other. The Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory. With lots of venues presenting talks, tours and exhibitions, it’s a great opportunity to visit some exceptional spaces and learn about the history and culture of the city. Names will be reattributed to entries only after the short list and winners have been decided. Drawing together diverse literary, critical and theoretical texts in which the palimpsest has appeared since its inauguration by Thomas De Quincey in 1845, Palimpsest: Literature, Criticism, Theory provides the first ever genealogy of this metaphor. Location: 50 George Square, Project Room (rm 1.06), Edinburgh, EH8 9JX. A better site for such a building could hardly have been selected; for the chapel, situated among the rude and pathless cliffs, lies in a desert’. Their work examines the London based newspaper The Era made available by the British Library to determine how the Victorian Era discussed and portrayed disease, both temporally and spatially. Hutton’s findings were easily incorporated into this romantic view of the Crags. Although this simple Euclidean way to think about the world is useful and practical, it does not quite correspond with how we, as humans perceive the world. The multiplicity that emerges from the palimpsest, through the intersection of pheno-text and geno-text, produces a sense of ambivalence, as the pheno-text is never as sure or fixed as it wants to be, and the geno-text causes constant slippage. Palimpsest as a device has made a clear violence to the original text by Daniel Defoe and as a result it conceived two interrelated books that has from the original one only names, setting and sometimes the chronological order of Entry is free but all entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. I studied philosophy, and this poem is about David Hume, a great Edinburgh philospher… And he was here at a time of fun. Powered by It is perhaps surprising, then, that this movement was begun from a small town on the east coast of Scotland. Paper, parchment, or other writing-material prepared for writing on and wiping out again, like a slate. But in this, where was the capital? Our name for the project, Palimpsest, evokes the Judging will be fair and unbiased: judges will declare any potential conflict of interest e.g. Salisbury Crags is a ridge of rock on one side of Edinburgh’s mountain, Arthur’s Seat. 4. The style and genre of the piece are up to you, but submissions should be prose fiction up to a maximum of 3000 words. Blest Place! All location mentions within the Palimpsest data were geo-referenced by the Edinburgh Geoparser to a fine-grained Edinburgh gazetteer, and excerpts containing them are linked back to the original electronic documents of its data provider, and in the case of the BL works to JISC Historical Text, to enable close reading. The late eighteenth century had already seen a shift in feelings about mountains. The farther I am from the hand lettering my Duncan Milne, Edinburgh Napier University. So we brought in the machines, and our colleagues in Informatics who are experts in text mining… We didn’t know what it would create… perhaps a Frankenstein’s monster… But perhaps in a great way. Amplification And Ekphrastic Literary Devices In Handmaid's Tale 1355 Words 6 Pages Author’s Style: Describe the author’s syntax and diction. PART ONE excerpted from the book 1984 by George Orwell Harcourt Brace 1949 - Plume printing 1983, paper p1 It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. The Palimpsest team went along to talk about the ways in which this ancient and intriguing part of the old town has been immortalised in writing. Thomas de Quincey also writes about the human brain in a similar vein: What else than a natural and mighty palimpsest is the human brain? The Palimpsest project is an important contribution to this endeavour to break and mix the repositories of knowledge that have traditionally kept space on one side and people’s experience of the city (in this case, literature) on the other. Sitting in the enormously grand Playfair Library, listening to Mrs Oliphant recount the details of her eventful life and share her opinions on everything from on Scott’s work to the place of women in society, it was immedately clear how people and personalities can change the way we experience a space. Palimpsest I am not seeing any literary usages of the term. Hutton’s discoveries had surprisingly little impact on literary descriptions. WordPress. Download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/litlong-edinburgh/id1004433531?mt=8, More details about the app and LitLong can be found here: http://litlong.org/navigating-with-litlong/download-our-app/. Freud’s mystic writing pad is metaphor for the palimpsest and for the functioning of memory. We would like to thank Mahendra Mahey and his team for their support in giving us access to the data. Byrde writes, she says, to give “honourable memory” to the easily forgotten children of the street: her small people, just like Brevoort’s Professor Playfair, are remarkable for their honesty and simplicity, their intelligence and their respect for learning and culture. In fact, as James Gordon of Rothiemay’s 1647 plan makes clear, Edinburgh and the Burgh of Canongate were distinct at the time and separated by the imposing Netherbow gate. You can see in the 1610 prospect by John Speed, for example, that the Canongate seems to be very much a part of Edinburgh, with no division between the neighbouring burghs. 1. Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree is an influential 1982 book by French literary theorist Gérard Genette.Over the years, the book's methodological proposals have been confirmed as effective operational definitions, and have been widely adopted in literary criticism terminology. We are delighted to announce the launch of the LitLong iOS app, put together by the Palimpsest project team of researchers and literary scholars at University of St Andrews, EDINA, and University of Edinburgh. Clicking on a number lets you zoom into the map and the mentions. The picture of the Canongate that emerged from writing about the area is fascinating: from its 17th century grandeur, with its  luxurious palaces with lush gardens, it gradually declined through the 18th and 19th centuries, coming to be marked by  industrialisation and poverty and associated with the dark deeds of figures like Deacon Brodie and Burke and Hare. These ideas point to Foucault’s assertion that what genealogy finds “at the beginning of things is not the inviolable identity of their origins; it is the dissension of other things. Continuum, 2007, Dillon, Sarah. Every year Edinburgh holds an Open Doors weekend giving public access to some of the city’s most interesting buildings. I am not one of the machines! A collection of historical maps digitised by the National Library of Scotland is available. Psychology Press, 2005, “Palimpsest, n and adj.” Oxford English Dictionary, Tygstrup, Frederik. Synecdoche may also use larger groups to refer to smaller groups, or vice versa. Roland Barthes’s description of the slippery nature of an “ideal textuality” matches that of the palimpsest: In this ideal text, the networks are many and interact, without any one of them being able to surpass the rest; this text is a galaxy of signifiers, not a structure of signifieds; it has no beginning; it is reversible; we gain access to it by several entrances, none of which can be authoritatively declared to be the main one; the codes it mobilizes extend as far as the eye can reach, they are indeterminable […] the systems of meaning can take over this absolutely plural text, but their number is never closed, based as it is on the infinity of language. She further notes that the palimpsest represents what Derrida describes as a “non-contemporaneity with itself of the living present”: The present that the palimpsest projects, is constructed by the unintended presence of texts from the past and the possibility of the inscription of future texts. I was so pleased to be asked to be involved in this project as Edinburgh is a subject close to my heart. The first poem I’m going to read is “The Other Edinburgh”, which is really all about the different levels, the eery sense that takes over, particularly after darkness falls… Ron is now reading his poem, The Other Edinburgh. Download the leaflet here: Lit Long launch leaflet. Palimpsest will help us relate the space of the city to the more human and more complex collective experience of literature in the city and, importantly, to perceive it across time. It is however important to recognize that just as the carnival must always give way for order, and all masks are eventually discarded, the palimpsest, due to its inherent unruly nature, will also make way for a structure that privileges an ordered heterogeneity. You will hear from my accent that I am not a Scottish native, I am from Switzerland. My first three novels weren’t about Edinburgh, I didn’t want to write about Edinburgh at first – this city is already so well written about and you think well what can I contribute to this whole thing… But then I thought “oh fuck it! * Scott and Oliphant were reanimated by Artemis Scotland. Without a Patriot to regrete The LitLong:Edinburgh mobile app allows you to use your iOS device to explore Edinburgh’s literary past, and it is free to download and use. I would like to thank all of our authors who read this evening, especially Doug Johnstone who was our competition judge. It’s stupid”… I had lived in Edinburgh for 20 years and my experience of the city is very different to those other writers…. It was certainly great fun to be a part of the celebrations. In comparing the palimpsest with human memory, De Quincey emphasizes its propensity to preserve over its intention to destroy. On a more productive note however, the pheno-text, an otherwise singular text, is interrupted by the palimpsestuous multiplicity of the geno-text, engendering a proliferation of meaning, each forming a distinct layer or plane on the wider structure of the vellum. Announcement of the British Library Labs Awards. From the Old Town, with its dark, winding closes and looming gothic spires, watched over by the castle perched on craggy cliffs, to the New Town with its elegant rows of Georgian houses, public gardens and dramatic vistas out over the Forth, Edinburgh has inspired countless writers. Thank you all for coming along to the launch event for what has been 15 months of extremely hard work, of a fantastic team working across English Lit, visualisation, Informatics and our friends in EDINA who have built our database. Scholarship blog smaller groups, or vice versa Prospect of Edinburgh through on... 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